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eNewsletter September 2015

A First Look at Frogmouths

The Large Frogmouth

Male and Female Large Frogmouths

My tenative October release of "Frogmouths, Nightjars and Goatsuckers" is slowly starting to shape into an interesting set.  I've completed the 3 species of Frogmouths and am now working through Nighthawks before I hit the final segment of Nightjars.

Male and Female Tawny Frogmouth

Male and Female Tawny Frogmouths

Common Nighthawk

Common Nighthawk


Real Birds: Ocean-based species populations are crashing

by TakePart

Imagine the outcry if half the life on land had disappeared over the past 45 years.   That’s what has happened in the world’s oceans, according to a new report that finds that global populations of marine species have plummeted 49 percent since 1970. 


Certain fish that people rely on for food suffered even steeper declines: Populations of tuna, bonito, and mackerel dropped by 74 percent, according to the study, which was compiled by the World Wildlife Fund and reviewed by researchers at the Zoological Society of London. By compiling data from 2,337 individual sources, including population estimates from scientific studies and databases, the researchers were able to estimate the changes in species populations from 1970 to 2012. The scientists attributed the marine population crash to overfishing, habitat destruction, and climate change. In other words, the blame lies with us.

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